Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    30-42 credits
    • Accreditation

      WSCUC, CCTC, ACSI

    Credentials

    • Multiple Subject Credential
    • Single Subject Credential
    • Special Education Credential

    Admissions Requirements

    Students are invited to formally apply to the credential program during LEDU301 Introduction to Teaching, which should be taken during the sophomore year. Once accepted into Biola's Teacher Preparation Program, students take courses in sequence.

    Students planning to take LEDU 301 must apply for a Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This background clearance requires fingerprinting and must be completed prior to any fieldwork in local school districts. Additionally, students must provide documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance from their medical provider.

    Candidates for the Teacher Preparation Program must also have a 2.75 cumulative GPA


    The School of Education's teacher preparation program at Biola is designed to be taken with any major. Whether your desire is to teach in elementary school and earn a preliminary multiple subject credential, or teach in a middle or high school and earn a preliminary single subject credential, Biola's teacher preparation program will prepare you well for a future as an educator.


    Why Choose Education at Biola?

    Biola University allows students to start their teacher preparation program in their sophomore year, and complete their 12-credit student teaching requirement in one semester as a graduate student. Benefits of our program include:

    • Dual accreditation from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
    • Authorization to teach English language learners within your content area.
    • Full-time faculty made up of outstanding professionals, researchers, passionate believers, and excellent K–12 classroom teachers.
    • Faculty and staff who care about your personal, professional and spiritual life and are available for personal mentoring.
    • Biblical integration across the curriculum.

    What Will I Study?

    Students in the teacher preparation program receive the training and education needed to be effective classroom teachers and qualify for preliminary teaching credentials. Course highlights and topics include:

    • Foundations of education
    • Methods of teaching linguistically diverse students
    • Approaches and techniques to teaching reading
    • Fieldwork experiences
    • Student teaching
    • Teaching Performance Assessments (TPAs)
    • Fulfillment of additional state requirements and exams

    Career Paths

    The multiple subject teaching credential authorizes educators to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom. Individuals with this credential are usually offered employment in an elementary classroom setting and some middle schools. The liberal studies, elementary education major is the recommended major for a multiple subject teaching credential. However, students from any major may earn this credential by adding the teacher preparation program to their major.

    The single subject teaching credential authorizes educators to teach a specific subject, such as English, math, music or physical education. Individuals with this credential are qualified to teach their specific subjects in preschool through adult settings, but most teach in junior high, middle school or high school. Single subject credential students are required to demonstrate subject matter competency in the subject area they desire to teach. Therefore, students who wish to teach at the secondary level should choose a major in their selected subject area — the teacher preparation coursework can be taken in conjunction with the major requirements.


    Courses

    Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

    Teacher Preparation Courses

    This course examines the structure and function of the school, foundations of education, qualities required for teacher effectiveness, and contemporary issues in education. Successful completion of this course constitutes one of the requirements for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program. CBEST must be taken or basic skills requirement met during this course for acceptance to a credential program. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 25-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Special approval required. Must submit Certificate of Clearance forms and valid negative TB test results. Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
    Application of psychological principles to the education process, role of the teacher and learner, human growth and development, learning styles, motivation, memory, transfer of learning, measurement and evaluation, research and experimentation in learning theory. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application and acceptance to the School of Education. Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. This course is designed to fulfill the University's writing competency requirement for credential students. Grade Mode: A.
    Survey of the theories, programs, and instructional practices for English language development, including first and second language acquisition and individual factors affecting language acquisition. Strategies for the application of theory to classroom practice and instruction in content area literacy are emphasized. Principles of educational equity, diversity, and cultural and linguistic responsiveness are examined. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 10-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #1. Grade Mode: A.
    Methods and materials for teaching reading to students in elementary schools; attention to a variety of approaches and techniques; consideration of the needs of pupils with varied cultural and language backgrounds. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 35-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #2. Grade Mode: A.
    Methods and materials for teaching reading through content areas in secondary schools; attention to reading techniques, testing, and individualization. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 35-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #2. Grade Mode: A.
    Introduction to the scope and sequence of the elementary school curriculum in mathematics, science, social studies and language arts; emphasis on a variety of teaching approaches, integration across content area, assessment, classroom management and resources. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #3. Grade Mode: A.
    A 60-hour fieldwork requirement to support the practical application of LEDU 431 Elementary Curriculum content. Candidates will design and teach several classroom lessons in local elementary schools. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
    Secondary school curriculum, assessment, classroom management and teaching methods as they apply to the content areas in secondary school settings. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #3. Grade Mode: A.
    A 60-hour fieldwork requirement to support the practical application of LEDU 436 Secondary Curriculum content. Candidates will design and teach several classroom lessons in local secondary schools. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.

    Student Teaching I and II

    Full-time laboratory experience in school classrooms under the direction of qualified supervising master teachers and University supervisors. University seminar required. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application. Must pass course with a grade of "B-" or higher. CalTPA #4. Candidates doing student teaching are limited to a maximum of 15 credits that semester with approval. Must register for LEDU 442 if completing student teaching in one semester. (See also SEED 512/513). Grade Mode: A.
    See LEDU 440. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application. Must pass course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
    Full-time laboratory experience in school classrooms under the direction of qualified supervising master teachers and University supervisors. University seminar required. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application. Must pass course with a grade of "B-" or higher. CalTPA #4. Candidates doing student teaching are limited to a maximum of 15 credits that semester with approval. Must register for LEDU 452 if completing student teaching in one semester. (See also SEED 514/515). Grade Mode: A.
    See LEDU 450. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application. Must pass course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.

    Elementary Candidate Pedagogy Courses and Constitution Requirements

    Developing and preparing art assignments suitable for elementary school pupils. Grade Mode: A.
    A survey of U.S. History from the time of European settlement, to the colonial period, to independence from Britain, the formation of the republic and the constitution, the issues of the early 1800s, and the Civil War. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum US History credit. Meets the United States Constitution requirements for California teacher certification. Grade Mode: A.
    During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Multiple Subject education candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for helping grades K–6 students learn the state-adopted academic content standards for Math and Science. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
    During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Multiple Subject candidates learn content-specific teaching strategies that are effective in achieving the goals of the acceptance of personal responsibility for lifelong health; respect for and promotion of the health of others; understanding of the process of growth and development; and informed use of health-related information, products, and services. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
    During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Multiple Subject education candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for helping grades K–6 students learn the state-adopted academic content standards for History-Social Science. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
    This course is designed to provide an understanding of the historical perspectives on children's literature through picture books and young adult novels reflecting different genres. Literature representative of a variety of cultures and ethnic groups will be analyzed and discussed in order to strengthen cross-cultural understanding. Emphasis will be upon developing responses to literature through art, drama, and writing in order to strengthen children's literacy development in the elementary classroom. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
    Instruction in materials for teaching music in the elementary school. Notes: Non-music majors. Grade Mode: A.
    Understanding, planning programs and implementing a range of fundamental movement and fitness activities designed for the elementary child: preparation for the upper-division methods course. Grade Mode: A.
    The history, organization and function of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the American government. Includes one hour per week involving students in a local government civic service or life experience activity. Satisfies the state requirement in institutions in American history. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum US History credit. Meets the requirement for United States Constitution for California teacher certification. Grade Mode: A.

    Secondary Candidate Pedagogy Course and Constitution Requirements

    LEDU 433 must be passed with a grade of "B-" or higher.

    A survey of U.S. History from the time of European settlement, to the colonial period, to independence from Britain, the formation of the republic and the constitution, the issues of the early 1800s, and the Civil War. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum US History credit. Meets the United States Constitution requirements for California teacher certification. Grade Mode: A.
    During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject candidates relate the Common Core and the state-adopted K–12 academic content standards for candidates in their specific subject area to major concepts and principles in their discipline, including planning, organizing, and implementing effective instruction (Grades 7–12).
    The history, organization and function of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the American government. Includes one hour per week involving students in a local government civic service or life experience activity. Satisfies the state requirement in institutions in American history. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum US History credit. Meets the requirement for United States Constitution for California teacher certification. Grade Mode: A.

    Concentrations

    Single Subject Credential

    Multiple Subject Credential

    Special Education Credential